Geoffrey Howe likened the task of simplifying Britain’s tax system to painting Brighton’s pier while someone else was extending it to France.
HMRC has appointed a raft of new non-executive board members, including Office of Tax Simplification tax director John Whiting.
After weeks of governmental, media and public pressure, Starbucks has announced it would start paying corporation tax in the UK.
The government’s attempt to deflect criticism of senior civil servants using personal services companies to avoid tax symbolises why the UK tax system is so chronically complex.
“Without us, it would be worse,” Office of Tax Simplification policy director John Whiting told AccountingWEB in his 2012 Budget assessment.